March 13, 2010

Year Round Sports To Blame

1 Kids’ Sports Injuries on the Rise

Childen’s sports-related injuries are on the rise, according to research presented at a recent meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Adolescents are as susceptible as adults to sports-related injuries but the long-term effects may be different because of their growing bodies. Doctors blame increased exposure - playing year round or in multiple sports - for the rise in pediatric injuries but say that awareness and early treatment are key to kids’ safety. Thomas M. DeBerardino, MD, orthopedic surgeon at UConn spoke at the meeting and asked if we are pushing our kids too hard. “Even athletes at the college and pro levels have mandated downtimes. We cannot wait for kids to reach the college level to modify their training, because by that time it could be too late."

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Children, Sports, Sports Injuries, Adolescent

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Without Statins’ Side Effects

2 Experimental Thyroid Drug Reduces Cholesterol

An experimental drug has been found to reduce cholesterol without the side effects some might get from statins, according to an international study from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Karolinska University Hospital and Institute. Eprotirome, which mimics the ability of thyroid hormone to stimulate the metabolism of cholesterol, was tested on 189 patients over three months. At the end of the study, patients who supplemented their statins with Eprotirome had cholesterol levels that were up to thirty percent lower than those who received placebos. "This drug could help patients who react adversely to statins or be used as a supplementary treatment for those who don't respond well to them," says Professor Bo Angelin, study leader.

More at The Medical News | Hat tip to Eurekalert | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Statins Fight Cataracts

Tags: Cholesterol, Eprotirome, Statins

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New Test Helps

3 Early Detection Key to Effective Alzheimer’s Treat

A new test called CST, or computerized self test, developed at the University of Tennessee, shows great promise in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The test, which proved to be 96 percent effective at revealing cognitive impairment, is not only valuable but is easy for medical professionals to administer. In fact, it can be given in the offices of most primary care providers. CST was developed by Rex Cannon, an adjunct research assistant professor of psychology at UT Knoxville, and Dr. John Dougherty, an associate professor in the UT Graduate School of Medicine in part to be administered in primary care offices where doctors often don’t have specific training in recognizing Alzheimer’s and other diseases associated with cognitive impairment.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Alzheimer's Diesease

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